This site uses cookies to improve your experience and to provide services and advertising. By continuing to browse, you agree to the use of cookies described in our Cookies Policy. You may change your settings at any time but this may impact on the functionality of the site. To learn more see our Cookies Policy.
OK
#Open journalism No news is bad news

Your contributions will help us continue to deliver the stories that are important to you

Support The Journal
Dublin: 12 °C Wednesday 8 July, 2020
Advertisement

Poll: Should voting in the Seanad election be extended?

Many people view the upper house as elitist and in need of being reformed or scrapped altogether.

File photo of the Seanad chamber.
File photo of the Seanad chamber.
Image: Laura Hutton/RollingNews.ie

AS GOVERNMENT-FORMATION talks continue post-general election, some focus is now turning to the Seanad election.

The upper house consists of 60 senators who are appointed or elected in three different ways: The Taoiseach’s nominees, panels and the university panel.

There has been much discussion about the Seanad in recent years with many people viewing it as elitist and in need of being reformed or scrapped altogether. The public was asked in a referendum in October 2013 whether the Seanad should be abolished – 51.7% said No, 48.27% said Yes.

The public previously voted to extend voting rights to all graduates of Irish third-level institutions, but a law allowing this to happen has never been enacted. However, many people argue this is still unfair given how many others would still be unable to vote.

What do you think: Should voting in the Seanad election be extended?


Poll Results:

Yes, to every citizen over 18 (3416)
The Seanad should be reformed or scrapped (2474)
Yes, to all third-level graduates (972)
No, it's fine the way it is (744)
I'm not sure (168)





  • Share on Facebook
  • Email this article
  •  

About the author:

Órla Ryan

Read next:

COMMENTS (61)

This is YOUR comments community. Stay civil, stay constructive, stay on topic. Please familiarise yourself with our comments policy here before taking part.
write a comment

    Leave a commentcancel